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When it's hit the fan book
Being an entrepreneur involves taking risks and Elizabeth Jane Wilks has taken more than most. Riding the initial wave of the dot.com boom in the UK was a brave and foolhardy venture, but for one woman the dream of taking a company to the stock market was a driving passion.
From the modest start of a two person home-based business turning a reasonable profit, to the exciting challenge of running teams of people, fundraising, and the highs of ‘live’ presentations, everything was going to plan.
But soon after a successful flotation, the euphoria quickly faded and she found herself having to cope with office politics, looming product deadlines, factional board meetings, the stress of dwindling bank accounts and widening cracks in her personal relationships.
This is a valiant account of surviving overwhelming challenges and the regaining of a fighting spirit!
University of Cambridge Entrepreneurs & Experts Podcast Series - 2011 - Interview with Ignite mentor and entrepreneur, Jane Wilks > listen here.
University of Cambridge Blog: A Valiant Dream: the personal rollercoaster ride of one feisty, female entrepreneur > read here.
Holdsworth Associates Blog > read here.